Panama City leaders urge lawmakers: fund Michael recovery before next hurricane

Washington-DC

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEXSTAR) — City officials from Panama City, Florida, are in Washington this week urging lawmakers and federal officials to get moving already — and get their city the federal disaster relief it so desperately needs. 

It’s been more than six months since category 5 Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida panhandle and Panama City Mayor Greg Brudnicki says most of the coast is still in shambles.

For this city, getting back to normal will come at a price.

“We’ve got a $90 million dollar budget,” said Brudnicki. “We’ve already exhausted our reserves, we’ve borrowed $75 million dollars.”

Brudnicki joins other Panama City officials in Washington to ask Congress and federal agencies for more money to cover the estimated $1 billion dollars worth of damage. Brudnicki continued:

“It is time for them to pony up. We need our funding to keep going.”

So far, Congress has failed to pass a disaster aid bill as Democrats and Republicans squabble over which areas get how much money. 

Hurricane season will begin again in just over a month, a fact that weighs heavily on local leaders.

“We’re 31 days away from the next hurricane season and there’s nothing to prevent us from being exposed to another hurricane event maybe as large as Hurricane Michael,” said Mark McQueen, City Manager. “We need to recover from Hurricane Michael.”

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

COVID-19 SAFETY TIPS

COVID Tip: Wash Your Hands

Thumbnail for the video titled "COVID Tip: Wash Your Hands"

COVID Tip: Cover When Coughing and Sneezing

Thumbnail for the video titled "COVID Tip: Cover When Coughing and Sneezing"

COVID Tip: Disinfecting

Thumbnail for the video titled "COVID Tip: Disinfecting"

COVID Tip: Cover Your Mouth

Thumbnail for the video titled "COVID Tip: Cover Your Mouth"

COVID Tip: Avoid Close Contact

Thumbnail for the video titled "COVID Tip: Avoid Close Contact"

COVID-19 Tip: Disinfect Areas

Thumbnail for the video titled "COVID-19 Tip: Disinfect Areas"

COVID-19 Tip: Wash Hands Often

Thumbnail for the video titled "COVID-19 Tip: Wash Hands Often"

ValleyCentral App Links

App Store Link
Google Play Link